College footballWestern Ky. QB Doughty sets school record in win
Antonio Andrews ran for 155 yards on 27 carries and had two touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky to a 31-10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday night.
Western Kentucky (4-2, 1-1 Sun Belt) scored on its first two possessions, with Brandon Doughty throwing a 33-yard scoring pass to Willie McNeal and a 17-yarder to Leon Allen.
Doughty was 24 of 36 for 370 yards, an FBS school record for Western Kentucky.
"I thought it was a great win for us," Western Kentucky Coach Bobby Petrino said. "Our guys have a lot of poise and I think it showed up in the third and fourth quarter. We were into it and the defense got them stopped and settled down in the second half."
A University of Mississippi professor says that a group of Ole Miss students, including football players, disrupted a production of a campus play with "hate speech" on Tuesday night.
Michael Barnett, the assistant theatre chair, said that several students in the play told him that audience members were disruptive and used "derogatory terms" for homosexuals during a production of "The Laramie Project" on campus.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday that football players were in the crowd. Barnett says a group of football players apologized after the play.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is questioning the overall strength of the Southeastern Conference. Stoops, according to a report in The Oklahoman, smiled on Wednesday while sarcastically discussing the performances of SEC defenses this season. The Sooners coach had previously said much of the league's reputation was driven by "propaganda."
No. 1 Alabama won the national championship last season, becoming the seventh straight SEC team to do so.
Stoops questioned how Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had a high pass efficiency rating this season, saying, "How's that happening? They're playing all those SEC defenses."
Bucs release QB Freeman
Quarterback Josh Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.
The winless Bucs made the latest move during their bye week after general manager Mark Dominik contacted every other team in the NFL in an unsuccessful attempt to trade Freeman, a 4,000-yard passer a year ago and the team's career leader with 1,144 completions and 80 touchdowns.
Coach Greg Schiano benched Freeman after the 25-year-old completed just 45.7 percent of his passes and posted a league-low quarterback rating of 59.3 through three games, all losses. Freeman is owed the remaining $6.25 million on the contract he signed as the third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft behind Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez.
New York Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples are appealing their fines by the NFL for their hits on Tennessee's Jake Locker. Wilkerson was docked $15,785 for roughing the passer, while Coples was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness. No penalties were called on the field.
Outburst costs Avalanche's Roy $10,000
Patrick Roy got into a screaming match with an opposing coach, pushed over a glass partition, received a game misconduct and was reprimanded by the NHL.
Quite an eventful start to his coaching career with the Colorado Avalanche.
On Wednesday, Roy lost his cool shortly after the final horn in a 6-1 win over Anaheim, yelling at Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and then pounding on the glass partition separating the two benches with so much force that it began to tilt.
The league punished Roy for his outburst with a $10,000 fine on Thursday and a reminder that this sort of behavior won't be tolerated.
"I guess I have to change a few things. I got the $10,000 fine by the league for that," Roy said after practice. "I understand it now. At the same time, I will always defend my players."
Cards' championship floor on sale
Pieces of the basketball court where Louisville won the NCAA men's championship in the spring will be available for purchase at Saturday's 4 p.m. scrimmage.
NCAA corporate sponsor Northwestern Mutual acquired the Georgia Dome floor to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The pieces have previously been sold online, and the company says sales have already been busy.
Prices start at $49.99 and range up to $499.99. The smallest piece is 6 inches by 2 ½ inches, while the largest is 18 inches by 13 inches and includes coach Rick Pitino's autograph.
Women's tennis falls in qualifying
The Kentucky women's tennis team fell in both the qualifying singles and doubles at the ITA All-American Championships. Junior Kelsey Dieters lost 6-0, 6-1 in singles. In doubles, Caitlin McGraw and Nadia Ravita fell 8-1.
The Kentucky duo will play a consolation match on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Ravita will have her first singles match of the fall season in the main draw singles on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Soviet basketball great Belov dies
Sergei Belov, the Soviet basketball great who helped his team beat the United States in the epic 1972 Olympic final in Munich, died Thursday. He was 69.
His death was announced by CSKA Moscow, the team he played with for 13 seasons. The club said Belov died in the Ural Mountains city of Perm, where he coached a local team. No cause was given.
Belov scored 20 points in the 51-50 win over the U.S. in Munich, a gold-medal game in which the Russians scored the winning points as time ran out. The clock had been reset in the final seconds after the Americans thought they had won. The Americans refused to accept their silver medal
Sports in the courts
Ex-MLB outfielder Curtis sentenced
Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced Thursday to seven to 15 years in prison for inappropriately touching teenage girls. According to prosecutors, Curtis, 44, sexually assaulted the girls last year when he was a volunteer weight-room strength trainer at a high school in Barry County, located between Grand Rapids and Lansing.
Between 1992 and 2001, Curtis played for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He won the two World Series rings with the Yankees.
The last word
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes seemed a bit concerned he wasn't a bigger part of the offense in the Jets' 38-13 loss at Tennessee last Sunday. He had one catch despite being on the field for 49 plays before injuring his hamstring. Said Holmes:
"I can't throw it to myself and catch it. Otherwise, I would."